A land transformed by water: North Carolina, before and after Hurricane Florence

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Storm-ravaged Carolinas brace for even more Florence flooding

A new round of evacuations was ordered in South Carolina Friday as the trillions of gallons of water dumped by Hurricane Florence meanders to the sea, raising river levels and threatening more destruction.

President Donald Trump told a crowd of military and local and state of officials this morning that the federal government resources are at the disposal of North Carolina following hurricane Florence.

The state is also the nation's second leading producer of hogs, with more than 2,100 farms that raise about 9 million hogs each year, according to the North Carolina Pork Council.

The South Carolina state public safety department said in a Twitter message Thursday evening that the body of an 81-year-old man was found in a pickup truck submerged in water in Dillon county.

Florence dropped almost 3 feet (1 meter) of rain on North Carolina as the storm moved slowly across the state, flooding towns, closing roads and killing dozens of people.

When the water eventually recedes, North Carolina residents will have to not only deal with the usual clean-up challenges but also added health-risks caused by its key industries: pig farming and coal power generation.

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In South Carolina, farmers face damage to cotton, peanut and hemp crops, the state said. About a dozen rivers in North and SC have overflowed their banks.

The town of Wilmington still remains largely isolated, with no safe routes in or out.

Traveling with him were the four US senators from North and South Carolina, Office of Management and Budget Director and former South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. "You better pray. I think we all need to pray that it don't happen".

In a 2015 interview, Tim Davis, an entomologist and senior extension agent with Clemson University said: "If the water rises, they kind of all grab a hold of each other, and they can do this for several days, until they reach higher ground".

Two years ago, flooding ruined the baseboards and carpet of the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Spring Lake.

The storm will continue to sweep through southern New York, Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey.

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"Life expectancy in North Carolina communities near hog CAFOs remains low, even after adjusting for socioeconomic factors that are known to affect people's health and lifespan", senior author H. Kim Lyerly said in a statement. Some of them have been washed out entirely.

Dustin Mock navigates a flooded street as flood waters rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence now downgraded to a tropical depression in Conway, South Carolina, U.S. September 19, 2018. "We take a lot of pride in what we do".

Police say they died on Tuesday when a sheriff's van transporting them was caught in floodwaters.

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Trump, too, warned that more water was on the way, but assured those gathered that both he and Washington are "with you".

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